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Prior Learning

Challenge Exams

CRN Exam Name
BIO 353 Microbiology
Bio 363 Human Nutrition
Bio 401 Pathophysiology
Nur 430 Pharmacology

The Division of Nursing at the University of Maine at Fort Kent recognizes the importance of granting credit for prior learning when possible. Students in nursing may participate in the National League for Nursing (NLN) Challenge examinations. The examinations listed to the right are available from the Nursing Division.

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In addition, students are encouraged to use the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) option to challenge general education requirements whenever possible. Information is available through Student Support Services.


Transfer Credits

Any courses identified as “nursing” on post-secondary school transcripts that apply to the degree plan for the RN-to-BSN major, will be assessed on an individual basis. Upon determination of eligibility, a block of 29 credits will be awarded in lieu of previous core nursing courses. Eligibility is determined on the basis of the student providing an official transcript giving evidence of graduation from an accredited school of nursing. Graduates of nursing programs whereby the biology or chemistry courses integrated the laboratory components within the didactic portion of the course will be accepted as equivalent to a course with a separate didactic and laboratory component. This allows a 3 or 4 credit course to meet this requirement.


Articulation Agreements

Students who graduated from Central Maine Community College (CMCC), Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC), Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC), Northern Maine Community College (NMCC), Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), and University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) are awarded 39 credits, inclusive of nutrition, pharmacology, and health assessment, and in some cases, pathophysiology. For transferability, such credits must be approved by the Registrar’s Office and be completed with at least a grade of “C” or better. Please refer to the transfer credit policies in this catalog for complete information, or contact the Registrar’ Office. Further information about any of these options may be obtained from the RN-to-BSN advisor or Administrative Assistant of the Division of Nursing.


Request for Approval of Credit

When taking courses from other institutions students are required to get approval from their advisor by submitting a request for an approval form. This form is completed each semester and includes all courses to be taken for the semester. By your signature on this form, you are giving the Registrar's Office at your home campus permission to request your official transcript from the away school.